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If Congress is banning earmarks, why should voters re-elect Bill Young?

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Anyone else get the feeling that the race for Florida Congressional District 10 just got a whole lot more interesting now that House Democratic leaders on Wednesday banned budget earmarks to private industry, ending a practice that has steered billions of dollars in no-bid contracts to companies and set off corruption scandals. (Not to be outdone, Congressioanl Republicans in a quick round of political one-upmanship, tried to outmaneuver Democrats by calling for a ban on earmarks across the board, not just to for-profit companies.

So, if Congress is putting at least a temporary hold on earmarks, why should voters of District 10 re-elect Bill Young?

According to the St. Petersburg Times, the Pinellas County lawmaker and veteran defense appropriator has directed hundreds of millions in earmarks to military contractors in the Tampa Bay area, in addition to public projects.

In a nutshell, the number one reason to re-elect Bill Young is that he brings home the bacon. But if pork’s off the menu, doesn’t the rationale for keeping Young deserve a second look?

Unfortunately, my boy Charlie Justice has been draggin’ ass on the campaign trail, empowering his slurp Mitch Kates to rake the campaign for far too much money. That’s a shame because Justice is a good man and a solid candidate. Still, because of the lack of momentum behind his campaign, Justice has yet to draw a lot of interest from the DC crowd that determines which races get prioritized.

Senator Justice, this is your opening. Either put the right people in place and take advantage of this opportunity or enjoy your last year in eleted office. span class=”fullpost”>

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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